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How Bain Capital Helped BP Blow Up Deepwater Horizon
http://www.gregpalast.com/how-bain-capi ... r-horizon/

There’s no journalist working today quite like Greg Palast, who ferrets out information that “they” really would rather you didn’t focus on. Expect plenty more grenades to be lobbed in Mitt Romney’s direction, like this one from GregPalast.com:

I almost fell off the barstool when I read that it was Bain Capital (Mitt Romney, former CEO), that told oil giant BP it was a good idea to cut costs. The cuts would lead to death, mayhem and the destruction of the Gulf Coast (not to mention BP’s poisoning of Alaska, Africa, Central Asia and Colombia).

In 2007, after BP’s criminal negligence and penny-pinching led to the explosion at the BP oil refinery on the Gulf Coast, in Texas City, Texas, the company brought in industry pooh-bah James Baker, their lawyer and former Secretary of State, to write a report. Baker is Big Oil’s BFF, but in this case, he was horrified, and told BP to get its act together and spend some real money on operating safety.

BP didn’t like Baker’s recommendation nor did it like another report by its own consulting firm, Booz Allen Hamilton which advised the company to …get its act together and spend money on safety.

When two respected industry voices agree that you’d better start spending and thinking while you’re operating in a deadly business, a corporation’s CEO has only one choice: find a consulting house of ill repute to contradict the others and tell you what you want to hear.

That’s what BP’s CEO Tony Hayward did. In 2008, he hired Bain Capital to say the company would be better managed if it spent less money. Bain used consulting BS terms like reducing “complexity,” but it all meant the same thing: cut, cut, cut…

After all, Bain's motto is, "We like to fire people." The oil company then fired 5,000 employees in response to the Bain report.

To hell with safety.

BP read Bain's recommendations as the green light to chop funding. Of course, it was all done with Hayward's PR pronouncement that the company would now "focus like a laser on safety". (A laser, I'd note, is a thin beam surrounded by darkness.)

BP's Bain-blessed, deadly, insouciant cost-cutting was the deadly habit that federal regulators identified as a cause of the Deepwater Horizon blow-out.

That's just one of the ill-making stories in Magner's book which takes you through BP's poisonous history before, during and after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon blow-out.

Much of Magner's opus centers on the Texas City refinery explosion that was a loud, flaming warning about allowing BP to play with matches and oilrigs. He begins and ends with the story of another refinery, Amoco's long-closed plant at Neodesha, Kansas.

At first, that sounds weird for a book about BP––but it's an exceptionally important tale, explaining how the industry hits and runs. Amoco closed its refinery decades ago, took off and left the toxins there. It takes years for toxins to kill, and Amoco's poisons killed Lucille Campbell's baby in 1963. And it takes more years to figure that out, which Lucille did in 1999, after BP bought Amoco.

Lucille continues to this day to fight to stop the rash of cancers and poisonings still caused by BP's dump. The oil company has done the honorable thing: it's gone after Lucille and her little township, attempting to smear, discredit and bankrupt her and the company's victims.

Lucille's fight against the petro-saur corporation is the big story of the book that you should read––in fact, that you should memorize.

Greg Palast is the author of Vultures' Picnic, centering on Palast's own undercover investigation of BP and Big Oil around the planet. www.VulturesPicnic.org.
Palast's, reports can be seen on BBC-TV and Britain’s Channel 4.

You can read Vultures' Picnic, "Chapter 1: Goldfinger," or download it, at no charge: click here.
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Fri 15 Jun 2012, 17:07

Er word er weer een opgeofferd? de grote man uit het bericht hier boven mag president worden :S
Former BP Plc engineer charged with destroying evidence over Gulf of Mexico probe
Ex-BP Engineer Faces February Trial in Spill Criminal Case
By Margaret Cronin Fisk

Jun 15, 2012 12:07 AM GMT+0100
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-06-1 ... se-1-.html

A former BP Plc (BP/) engineer charged with destroying evidence sought for a U.S probe of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill will face a Feb. 25 trial, a judge said.

Kurt Mix, who worked on internal BP efforts to estimate the amount of oil leaking from the well, was charged with two counts of obstruction of justice for allegedly deleting text message strings from his mobile phone. Mix has pleaded not guilty.

U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval in New Orleans set the trial date at a scheduling conference with lawyers for the U.S., BP and Mix yesterday. His order was filed with the court today. The judge also directed the government to “provide all non- expert and expert” evidence to Mix by June 29.

The blowout and explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig killed 11 workers and started millions of barrels of crude leaking into the Gulf. The Mix prosecution is the first criminal case to arise from the 2010 spill.

The Justice Department, which began investigating the incident in June 2010, said in April it was weighing whether to file more criminal charges over the spill. The charges against Mix are likely to be followed by others, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said that month.
‘Day in Court’

“Kurt Mix looks forward to his day in court,” Joan McPhee, Mix’s attorney, said in a phone interview.

Alisa Finelli, a spokeswoman for the Justice Department, declined to comment.

A U.S. grand jury had been investigating the spill estimates, Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Barbara O’Donnell said in a sworn statement filed April 23 in the Mix case.

“Mix deleted numerous electronic records relating to the Deepwater Horizon disaster response, including records concerning the amount of oil potentially flowing from the well, after being repeatedly informed of his obligation to maintain such records,” O’Donnell said in the statement.

Mix deleted the e-mails in October 2010 despite receiving multiple notices from London-based BP in the weeks after the spill, “which stated on the cover, in bold and underlined type, that instant messages and text messages needed to be preserved,” the U.S. said in its indictment issued May 2.

Mix brought the deletions to the attention of the government, McPhee said at his arraignment last month.
‘Thousands of E-mails’

“Mr. Mix saved thousands of e-mails and hundreds of text messages,” McPhee said. The information saved includes flow rate data, work on the efforts to contain the spill, and his personal log notes, she said.

The Deepwater Horizon accident prompted hundreds of lawsuits against London-based BP; Transocean Ltd. (RIG), the Vernier, Switzerland-based owner and operator of the rig; and Halliburton Co. (HAL), which provided cementing services.

The U.S. government also filed a lawsuit against BP, Transocean and BP’s partners in the well, Mitsui & Co. (8031)’s MOEX Offshore 2007 and The Woodlands, Texas-based Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (APC), alleging violations of federal pollution laws. Louisiana and Alabama sued as well. MOEX has settled the federal pollution claims.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier, who is overseeing these lawsuits in New Orleans, set a Jan. 14 date for a nonjury trial to determine fault for the sinking of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig and resulting undersea leak.
$7.8 Billion

BP agreed to pay an estimated $7.8 billion to resolve most private plaintiffs’ claims for economic loss, property damage and spill and cleanup-related injuries. The settlement, reached March 2, days before a scheduled trial on liability for the 2010 spill, doesn’t cover federal government claims and those of Gulf Coast states Louisiana and Alabama.

It also excludes claims of financial institutions, casinos, private plaintiffs in parts of Florida and Texas, and residents and businesses claiming harm from the Obama administration’s moratorium on deep-water drilling prompted by the spill. The plaintiffs’ and government claims against BP’s contractors on the doomed Macondo well also remain.

The criminal case is U.S. v. Mix, 12-cr-0017, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana (New Orleans). The civil case is In re Oil Spill by the Oil Rig Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010, MDL-2179, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana (New Orleans).
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Fri 13 Jul 2012, 22:44

Vogelsterfte na de olieramp van BP
The Atlantic

13 juli 2012 - 10:26
http://www.360magazine.nl/in-het-nieuws ... amp-van-bp




Vogelreservaat is bijna verdwenen na het olielek in de Golf van Mexico. Zeldzame vogels hebben minder broedplaatsen en nesten worden weggevaagd door de zee.

Er sterven nog steeds vogels en andere dieren als gevolg van de olieramp van BP in de Golf van Mexico. In het vogelreservaat Cat Island in Louisiana is veel van de vegetatie afgestorven na de olieramp. Het eiland is ook kleiner geworden. Nog maar een kwart van het eiland is geschikt voor vogels. Vogels hebben weinig nestmateriaal en voedsel. Pelikanen, meeuwen, lepelaars en zilverreigers hebben het moeilijk. Nesten worden weggeslagen door hoge golven waardoor weinig jonge vogels overleven.

Opmerkelijk genoeg doneert Shell geld voor het herstel van Cat Island. Het opknappen van het eiland kost ongeveer 1,4 miljoen dollar. Shell betaalt volgens The Atlantic het grootste deel van dit bedrag.

The Atlantic brengt de erosie op Cat Island en het broeden van de pelikanen in beeld.

Lees ook:
Alarm over mismaakte garnalen en vissen met kanker (360)

BP eist e-mails van onderzoekers op (360)
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Thu 06 Sep 2012, 12:13

Deepwater Horizon: BP accused of gross negligence

The disaster was the worst US offshore oil spill

5 September 2012 Last updated at 08:06
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-19486392


The US Justice Department has accused BP of “gross negligence and wilful misconduct” over the Deepwater Horizon disaster, claims which BP denies.

The allegations came in papers filed in the federal court in New Orleans.

The Deepwater Horizon rig had been leased by BP. It exploded on 20 April 2010, killing 11 workers and spilling millions of gallons of crude oil.

If the government can prove gross negligence it can triple the damages BP may have to pay to $21bn (£13bn).

The case is due to go to trial in New Orleans in January 2013, although talks are underway between BP and the US government to try to settle the claims.

“The behaviour, words, and actions of these BP executives would not be tolerated in a middling size company manufacturing dry goods for sale in a suburban mall,” the government said in its 39-page filing.

BP has denied the claims. “BP believes it was not grossly negligent and looks forward to presenting evidence on this issue at trial in January,” the company said in a statement.

Transocean, the Swiss-based company that owned the rig, declined to comment, the Reuters news agency said.

The legal filing said that errors made by BP and Transocean in deciphering a pressure test on the well supported the government’s case.

“That such a simple, yet fundamental and safety-critical test could have been so stunningly, blindingly botched in so many ways, by so many people, demonstrates gross negligence,” it said.
TheUnhivedMind on September 5, 2012 at 1:33 pm said:

Of course there is no mention of Schlumberger not doing all their testing such as the cement bond log. Why? Then you would know what Bombardier Master Trust did that day and you might find out they are the World’s number one electronic warfare specialist. Deepwater Horizon was a created event in order to aid displacement of US Citizens out of the region as is the plan for the whole of the East Coast over time. The chemicals used will also reduce the population over the time span needed as understood by the U.S. Navy. Expect lots of large scale problems on the East Coast where you will see mass deaths, displacements (fast or slow) and population reduction. Do you think the spraying of Corexit has finished? It has not, the seabed still leaks like a sive but the U.S. Navy are trying to cover this up with continual spraying of chemicals.

-= The Unhived Mind : http://theunhivedmind.com/wordpress2/?p=4652
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Fri 05 Oct 2012, 12:06

Make sure cleanup is complete
Published: Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 3:12 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 3:12 p.m.

http://www.dailycomet.com/article/20121 ... l&tc=pgall


Hurricane Isaac hit south Louisiana with the expected rain and wind.

Another inconvenient delivery made by Isaac was huge mats of oil.

The storm, which was much less severe than it could have been, churned the waters of the Gulf of Mexico powerfully enough and for long enough to stir up and dislodge oil that remained on the floor of the Gulf from the 2010 BP oil spill.

The oil spill poured millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf, much of which washed up on our shores, fouling our coast and destroying untold numbers of animals and plants along the way.

It also left giant deposits of oil on or beneath the floor of the Gulf, where passing storms can bring it to the surface and push it ashore, continuing the devastating fallout of the spill more than two years later.

It sounds like a problem Louisiana might be forced to endure for years to come.

That situation is exacerbated by the fact that the U.S. Coast Guard, the federal agency overseeing BP’s efforts to clean up its oil, seem content to let the oil remain.

The Coast Guard’s Capt. Samuel Walker, the coordinator of the cleanup, acknowledged Tuesday that his agency is not even requiring BP to find the buried oil that unquestionably still exists in the Gulf.

If the oil is found, Walker said, BP is expected to remove it.

That is not nearly enough.

BP has a moral responsibility to remove the mess it created. That is an active responsibility to find the oil and clean it up, not to simply wait for nature to dig up the contamination it put in the Gulf.

The Coast Guard, for its part, has the responsibility to see that that happens. That responsibility goes beyond waiting for oil to appear and then watching BP remove it.

Anyone who has paid attention to the Gulf oil spill’s ecological calamity and the cleanup efforts that have taken place from then until now knows that the need for cleanup remains. And it will remain until BP finds and removes the oil its spill dumped into the Gulf of Mexico.

“I think BP is actively trying to run away from its full cleanup responsibilities,” said U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-Metairie, during a Senate committee briefing Tuesday in New Orleans.

While BP has the moral responsibility to do what it can to clean up the oil spill, it is legally required only to comply with the Coast Guard’s demands.

The real challenge lies with the Coast Guard, which has to do much more to make sure BP lives up to its promises and its responsibilities.

We in south Louisiana will live for decades with the result of this cleanup. The Coast Guard owes it to us to do its job by making sure BP does its job.

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2012 10-05, Friday: On Wings Of Care flight over the Gulf of Mexico waters south of Louisiana, surveying known natural seeps as well as chronic oil leaks. See the full article with other photo and videos here:
http://onwingsofcare.org/protection-a-p ... il-spill-2... .

This rainbow sheen was seen within a few miles of the site of the 2010 BP disaster; the slick was at least one nautical mile (2 km) long and on average about 400-500 meters wide. This video was taken from a small video camera looking through the belly of our plane, at between 800' and 1000' above the water. The small narrow line of oil you see at the end of the video is the way sites of known natural seeps tend to look (except for some which cover much wider areas of surface). The rainbow nature of this slick suggests a much more substantial flow of oil than is associated with most of these natural seeps.
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Thu 18 Oct 2012, 12:08

Mayor: Cleanup workers hospitalized after BP oil washes ashore in Gulf — School bus-sized tar mat
Published: October 18th, 2012 at 4:29 am ET
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Title: About 565,000 pounds of oiled material from Deepwater Horizon stirred up by Hurricane Isaac
Source: Times-Picayune
Author: Jeff Adelson
Date: October 17, 2012, 10:07p ET

About 565,000 pounds of oiled material from the Deepwater Horizon spill was brought to the surface by Hurricane Isaac ... oil that is still below the surface of the gulf is believed to be equal to about 1 million barrels. ...

Oil has showed up on at least 660 miles of Louisiana’s shoreline ...

“They want it sunk,” Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser said. “It’s out of sight, out of mind, and we continue to see that.” ...

Grand Isle Mayor David Camardelle said the city has not received the manpower needed to clean up oil that has washed ashore, including a tar mat he described as “big as a school bus.” Some of those who have been sent to clean up have had to be hospitalized with breathing problems, he said. ..
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Fri 19 Oct 2012, 19:51

BP Oil Spill: Case NOT Closed

Yesterday, BP and the Coast Guard attributed the new oil sheen to a leak from the "cofferdam".

We will give some background on what the cofferdam is, and then explain why the case is not closed ... and an ongoing investigation is needed to determine whether or not the well has really stopped leaking.



lees meer: http://www.zerohedge.com/contributed/20 ... not-closed
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Thu 25 Oct 2012, 10:16

US downplayed effect of Deepwater oil spill on whales, emails reveal
Documents obtained by Greenpeace show officials controlling information about wildlife affected by the disaster

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2 ... -oil-spill

The images from the summer of 2010 were undoubtedly gruesome: the carcass of a young sperm whale, decayed and partially eaten by sharks, sighted at sea south of the Deepwater Horizon oil well.

It was the first confirmed sighting of a dead whale since the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in April that year – a time of huge public interest in the fate of whales, dolphins, sea turtles and other threatened animals – and yet US government officials supressed the first reports of the discovery and blocked all images until now.

The photographs, along with a cache of emails obtained by the campaign group Greenpeace under freedom of information provisions and made available to the Guardian, offer a rare glimpse into how many whales came into close contact with the gushing BP well during the oil spill.

They also show Obama administration officials tightly controlling information about whales and other wildlife caught up in the disaster.

The plight of wildlife caught up in the oil spill – especially endangered species such as sea turtles and sperm whales – has enormous financial implications for BP.

The oil company asked a judge in New Orleans this week to finalise its $7.8bn (£4.8bn) settlement for economic damages arising from the spill. But BP still faces claims from the federal government for environmental damages, and accounting for wildlife killed as a direct result of the spill – from dolphins to turtles to whales – will be critical to the final bill.

"In the settlement with BP, an endangered species or any animal killed by the spill matters," said Kert Davies, research director of Greenpeace.
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Sun 28 Oct 2012, 14:00

FIRST LOOK: Source of Gulf Oil Sheen
By: Debbie Williams | WKRG

Published: October 26, 2012
http://www2.wkrg.com/news/2012/oct/26/f-ar-4835329/

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A mile deep, oil drifts to the surface from the Deepwater Horizon disaster site. Once on the surface it forms a four mile long oil sheen discovered last month in the Gulf of Mexico.

Remotely Operated Vehicle's, or ROV's, were sent to inspect the site earlier this month and find the source of the sheen. They captured what the Coast Guard called "globules" and BP described as "droplets" of oil leaking from what is called the "stove pipe" on top of the cofferdam and from an opening on the side.

The 40 foot tall containment dome was used early on in the disaster to try and capture the flow of oil from the gusher in the gulf. The attempt failed and now the 86 ton steel container sits about 1500 feet away from the well head.

The Coast Guard estimates 15 globules a minute were escaping from the cofferdam. Less than 100 gallons of oil a day. They also determined the oil was "unrecoverable" and "no danger to the shoreline".

Underwater cameras also inspected the original well area including the wreckage, debris, relief wells and the riser on the sea floor and observed no oil leakage from that area. Video of that inspection was not released.

The well head itself seems to also be holding. Video taken in August of last year shows the well head and a tribute to the 11 rig workers who lost their lives when Deepwater Horizon exploded in April 2010.

Since the video was taken, BP has installed a 750 pound cap over the top of the containment dome. Plugs were also inserted in four other openings on the top and sides.

A spokesman for BP declined several requests to comment on this story.
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CBS: Oil may be seeping from Deepwater Horizon site — Coast Guard cancels interview — “My concern is that substantial amounts of oil could still be leaking” -Congressman (VIDEO)
Published: December 13th, 2012 at 10:54 am ET
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Title: Oil may be seeping from Deepwater Horizon site
Source: CBS News
Author: Sharyl Attkisson
Date: Dec 13, 2012
CBS News has learned that BP is set to embark Thursday on the fifth day of a little-known subsea mission under Coast Guard supervision to look for any new oil leaking from the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

... more oil continues to surface. Slicks and sheens of varying sizes and shapes have been documented by satellite photos, as well as aerial video recorded by the non-profit environmental group “On Wings of Care.” ...

Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., helped lead the original investigation of BP after the Deepwater Horizon exploded, and says it’s deja vu: BP is not turning over videos and information requested by Congress.

“My concern is that substantial amounts of oil could still be leaking from the wreckage,” Markey told CBS News.

Markey says BP is now repeating its stonewalling behavior of two years ago. For more than two months, Markey and Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., have been asking BP for underwater video and information such as the size of the slicks and how much oil could be trapped, but BP has said it will not provide the information due to pending investigations and litigation. ...

The Coast Guard canceled an interview with CBS News at the last minute on Wednesday. BP also declined to be interviewed but told us in a statement, “The Macondo well and its associated relief wells are secure.” BP also says it will work with the Coast Guard “on any further steps, as needed, to address the results” of this week’s survey of the wells and wreckage where oil from 2010 could still be trapped.

Once again, the actual concerns are not addressed by media or elected representatives. It is not about whether the “Macondo well and its associated relief wells are secure”, but whether oil and gas is seeping from fissures or cracks in the seafloor which may have been caused during the initial blowout or the many attempts to cap the well.
See also: “The concern we probably all share is that this does not appear to be from a previously existing or at least previously documented natural seep, and therefore if this is not still residual oil from leaking hardware after 30+ months, then is it coming from some new cracks caused by the Deepwater Horizon explosion?” (VIDEO)
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Gepubliceerd op 27 jan 2013

20130127- Sunday afternoon, On Wings Of Care flyover of the Gulf of Mexico Macondo area -- scene of the 2010 April BP disaster and recent sheen sightings since September 2012. Compared to the sheen we documented last Sunday, Jan 20, today the surface slicks in this area were over 7 nautical miles long! This is no small slick anymore. See the full article with photos here:
http://onwingsofcare.org/protection-a-p ... aters.html
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Dankjewel Broeder Combinius!

Soms vergeet ik deze ramp helemaal...

Maar dan is daar de Combi Train weer die me er even aan doet helpen herinneren...

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Mon 25 Feb 2013, 14:46

Voor een Amerikaanse rechtbank begint vandaag het proces tegen oliebedrijf BP over de ernstigste milieuramp in de Amerikaanse geschiedenis. Amerikaanse kuststaten vorderen miljarden dollars schadevergoeding van de multinational voor de ramp met olieplatform Deepwater Horizon in 2010.

http://www.demorgen.be/dm/nl/5397/Milie ... tart.dhtml
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Experts: Oil ‘blizzard’ in Gulf from BP disaster — “It just sucked everything out of the surface” — Red layer fell on seafloor, nobody knew what it was — Could cause significant damage to ecosystems (AUDIO)
Published: March 19th, 2013 at 10:44 pm ET
By ENENews


Title: ‘Dirty blizzard’ in Gulf may account for missing Deepwater Horizon oil
Source: Florida State University
Author: Jill Elish
Date: March 15, 2013
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Oil from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill acted as a catalyst for plankton and other surface materials to clump together and fall to the sea floor in a massive sedimentation event that researchers are calling a “dirty blizzard.” [...]

The consortium, which includes researchers from FSU, Eckerd College, the University of South Florida and Georgia Institute of Technology, confirmed the never before observed dirty blizzard hypothesis by using thorium, lead and radiocarbon isotopes in addition to DNA analyses of sediments. [...]

The oily sediments deposited on the sea floor could cause significant damage to ecosystems and may affect commercial fisheries in the future, [Jeff Chanton, Professor of Oceanography at Florida State University] said.

The dirty blizzard hypothesis explains why layers of water that would normally be cloudy with suspended plankton instead appeared transparent during the spill, except for strings of particles falling to the bottom.

“The oil just sucked everything out of the surface,” Chanton said.
Excerpt from Chanton’s audio interview: “There was this massive sedimentation event… in the deep Gulf… There was this red layer that was deposited over the sediments but nobody knew what it was. There was a lot of speculation it might be oil.”
Listen to the interview here
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